Nigel is a Chartered Legal Executive working in the Private Client department based primarily at our Taunton Office, but will happily travel to our other offices to meet with clients.
Nigel’s main areas of work include wills, lasting powers of attorney, probate, elderly client matters, estate administration, and estate planning.
Prior to working in law, Nigel spent five years in the Royal Artillery and then 12 years as a retained firefighter based in Glastonbury. It was due to a back injury sustained in a fire that Nigel had to leave the fire service and retrain for another career.
He gained his Law degree from the University of Glamorgan and has worked in Private Client since 2004.
Nigel joined Everys in January 2021, having worked in local firms since qualifying. The most enjoyable part of work for Nigel is building up excellent client relationships and providing a professional, but down to earth, link with clients.
Nigel is a Dementia Champion and has connections to the local Dementia Action Alliance.
In his spare time, Nigel enjoys spending time with his family and dog, Bella. He helps out with his two younger sons in their rugby and football and particularly enjoys watching those sports.
Shaun Newis is an experienced Chartered Legal Executive in our Private Client department. Since 1995, Shaun has been providing specialist advice in a variety of private client work including probate / estate administration, wills, powers of attorney and trusts. Shaun offers tailored advice relevant to particular objectives and personal circumstances, provided in a clear and easy to understand format whilst retaining a personal touch for his clients.
Shaun fully qualified in 2001 and, having previously worked at Everys in our Honiton office, returned to Everys in 2019. Although based in Taunton now, Shaun is happy to travel to see clients at any of our offices or their homes.
Charlotte Thomas-Collins is a Senior Associate and Head of the Private Client department based at Exmouth.
With over 12 years’ experience in private client matters, Charlotte’s expertise lies in elderly and vulnerable care; tax; trusts and succession; and trust creation and administration. Described as “charming in manner”, “courteous” and “warm” by the Legal 500, Charlotte’s approach to her work particularly suits her elderly and vulnerable clients whom she often visits at their home or our other offices. Charlotte also acts for clients in relation to their wills, probate, lasting powers of attorney, and estate planning.
Charlotte graduated in law from Brasenose College, Oxford and qualified as a solicitor in 2006. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Joan Pullin is an Associate who specialises in a variety of private client work including advising on and drafting wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney. She also acts for executors in relation to estate administration and can assist with applications for BPR and APR as well as advise in relation to deeds of variation.
Although based at Honiton, Joan is happy to travel to see clients at any of Everys’ offices or their homes, if this is preferred.
Joan studied at the University of Southampton and at the College of Law in Guildford. She was admitted as a solicitor in 2013 and is an associate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Eleanor Rae is a solicitor in our Private Client Department, having joined Everys in 2018. Her work includes Wills, Powers of Attorney, probate and estate administration, as well as Court of Protection matters.
Eleanor has a background in Mental Health and Mental Capacity law, having previously represented people detained under the Mental Health Act and dealt with proceedings before the Court of Protection. She therefore specialises in dealing with vulnerable people and capacity issues and also has an interest in advising those acting under a Power of Attorney.
Eleanor is based in Taunton but is happy to meet with clients at home or at our other offices.
Eleanor studied law at Cardiff University and is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Scheme.
Chris Lake first joined Everys in 2003 and stayed nine years before taking time out to fulfill a long-held dream to explore Australia and South East Asia. Upon his return to Everys in 2015, he continued with private client work and is now a Wills and Probate Practitioner advising on estate administration, probate, wills and lasting powers of attorney.
Chris is working towards his Chartered Institute of Legal Executives qualification.